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These clerks are smokin'

Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at 7:21 AM

Tennessee's workplace smoking ban goes into effect Oct. 1.

And I'm already wondering how convenience store clerks are going to handle it, since it appears that most of Shelbyville's smoke. Their cigarettes are clearly visible on the counter at practically every store.

That's their business unless they smoke while waiting on customers, as at least two I've seen in the past few days do. You don't see that at large grocery or retail stores.

Count me as one non-smoker who, while attempting to respect others' rights, doesn't exactly like transacting business through a cloud of smoke.

State code specifies the smoking ban won't apply to "tobacco manufacturers, importers and wholesalers" and "retail tobacco stores that prohibit minors," so owners/managers of some of the "tobacco outlets" that sell gas and beer will probably find a loophole.

And, according to the words of one clerk I talked to the other day, it's beer that drives most of their business.

I'm also tired of having to stand in line for five minutes while someone buys multiple lottery tickets and checks their numbers, one by one, at the counter. The lottery process should be changed to eliminate that.

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Although I have smoked for a good couple of years, I could never understand the concept of smoking and non-smoking rooms, especially in restaurants where the customer would have to walk through a cloud of smoke to get to a "cleaner" part of the restaurant. Second-hand smoke is just as bad, if not worst, as smoking a cigarette yourself, and personally, I do think it is a good (GREAT) idea that banning of smoking is just around the corner. Hopefully, the people I know who smoke, and my family as well, will stop smoking...or maybe it will help.

-- Posted by weezie84 on Wed, Aug 29, 2007, at 11:30 AM

I can hardly wait for Oct. 1 to get here so that all restaurants in Tennessee will be smoke free. It's so nice to go out to eat in Florida, New York, California, Arizona, & probably many other states, because they are already smoke free.

-- Posted by bettybrown on Wed, Aug 29, 2007, at 5:28 PM

In my opinion if they want a smoking ban then the town should forfiet the cigarette tax or not be allowed to sell cigarettes at all. Im a smoker, and feel the same way about Missouri, we are having smoking ban's here also. Thank you

-- Posted by brodog1962 on Wed, Aug 29, 2007, at 5:41 PM

As I said before They don't want you to stop buying cigarettes, they just want to to stop smoking them...

(like that's really going to work for anyone)

That is much like the fireworks problem here in Shelbyville over the 4th...you could buy them all day long but you were told not to shoot them. Well HELLO, if they wanted to ban fireworks in the county due to dry weather then selling them should have been banned also..

Same deal with cigarettes..

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Aug 29, 2007, at 5:59 PM

Bet the town still sold cigarettes though...

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Aug 30, 2007, at 10:05 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.